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CdA man arrested after ISP car rammed

A driver who rammed an Idaho State Police car, then fled into Washington state, was arrested Sunday after crashing his car, the ISP said in a news release.

Thomas Warren Grooms, 43, of Coeur d’Alene, was hospitalized after wrecking his 2006 Chrysler three miles past the Washington-Idaho border, according to the release.

The chase started after dispatchers received numerous calls about 2:30 p.m. that a reckless driver was running other drivers off the road, dispatcher Jennifer Sullivan said.

A trooper found the car headed west on U.S. Highway 53, just past Rathdrum. Grooms turned onto Church Road, followed by Trooper Joseph Sullivan. The road dead-ends, and Grooms reportedly slammed his car into reverse, ramming the trooper’s car twice before getting away.

As he was fleeing, Grooms allegedly tried to hit a second patrol car, the dispatcher said. A third trooper then joined the chase. The pursuit was called off when Grooms crossed into Washington and the WSP was notified, she said.

The dispatcher said charges of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony eluding are pending. The WSP is investigating the crash, and a patrolman said the results of that investigation aren’t available yet.

– Melodie Little


So far, no sprouts from Harrison oak

Attempts to grow a new tree from a dying oak planted on the Statehouse grounds by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 have failed to take root.

Boise State horticulture Professor Gary Moen and some of his students recently took 30 tissue samples from the Harrison oak and grafted them to oak seedlings.

“None of the grafts has taken hold, but four could possibly still go, so we’re waiting,” Moen told the Idaho Statesman.

Moen said he plans to take live wood from the tree’s crown and try to make that grow with a rooting hormone.

– Associated Press

Garibaldi, Ore.

Fishermen rescued from sinking boat

A charter boat crew saved eight people from a sinking vessel about 10 miles off the Oregon coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the crew from the D&D took three crew and five passengers off the 32-foot Bullfrog, which sank less than an hour after issuing a distress call during a halibut fishing trip Saturday.

William Kelly, of Oregon City, one of the fishermen on the sinking boat, told the Oregonian newspaper that the Bullfrog went over something, perhaps the rope of a crab pot.

The D&D, skippered by Bob Bales and based in Garibaldi, was a few miles away and the first boat on the scene. Its crew took everyone off the sinking boat.

– Associated Press

Anchorage, Alaska

More climbing victims in Denali identified

Five mountaineers have died on the treacherous peaks of Denali National Park this season, with four of those deaths over the past week, park officials said Sunday.

Andre Callari, 33, of Salt Lake City, and Brian Postlethwait, 32, of Park City, Utah, were the latest to be identified in the series of fatalities.

An avalanche swept the men to the base of 7,650-foot Mount Barille, where they were found by rescue personnel late Friday, said park spokeswoman Kris Fister.

Word of the two fatalities came shortly after news that another pair of climbers, both experts from Washington state, had fallen to their deaths while descending 20,320-foot Mount McKinley.

Mizuki Takahashi, 36, died shortly after falling 1,900 feet Thursday. Her climbing partner, 27-year-old Brian Massey died Friday.

– Associated Press